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Andrew Steele
Andrew Steele

Andrew Steele


Washington, DC USA

"Your life is a gift. No one has the right to tell you how to use that gift. And no one has the right to try and place you into a mold or into a position that they see right for you."

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Day In The Life


I search for microbial life in astrobiology and solar system exploration.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    University of Central Lancashire, England

  • Graduate Degree

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    University of Portsmouth, England

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    He doesn't consider his job a "job"; calls it his "hobby," something he loves to do and think about.

  • 2.

    Had been doing high-powered imaging of bacteria while working on his Ph.D.

  • 3.

    Saw NASA's images of what they claimed were traces of bacteria on a meteorite from Mars.

  • 4.

    Tracked down the names of the scientists on the project, swore he could give them better microscopic images.

  • 5.

    They sent him a piece of the meteorite, he followed through on his claim, and they offered him a job.

  • 6.

    Big proponent of "fake it 'til you make it" - dealt with NASA as "Dr. Steele," had only had his Ph.D. for three weeks.

  • 7.

    Never dreamed he'd be working for NASA or "changing the world"; he just always liked what he studied.

  • 8.

    Stresses our great gift is life; we're all made up of "exploding stardust," and you had a "ridiculously" low probability of being human, of being you.